It was obvious: the passage of two of the former Secretary of Defense, Esper in September in Morocco, the signing of a ten-year military agreement with the Kingdom, then the delivery of billions of dollars in arms to Rabat and all this, seasoned with the sauce of the recognition of the annexation of the Sahara to Algeria and then normalization with Israel, had only one goal, to trigger the war between Morocco and Algeria.
Indeed, two weeks after the announcement of normalization with the Zionist entity, on the grounds of obtaining the recognition of Western Sahara, the Moroccan street is not convinced and refuses to follow the king. The episode of this map of Western Sahara that the Zionist PM displayed during a speech to the Moroccans and which caused an outcry throughout Morocco, has proved it, the Moroccans look rather like a powder keg. It is necessary that the dynamic amplifying the No to the Zionist entity breaks and what better to open the cupboards and stir up real-false conflicts as the “diplomatic Morocco” does.
“Why Morocco must claim the Touat, Tidikelt, Gourara, Saoura, Béchar and Tindouf”, headlines the newspaper of the Makhzen which emphasizes the “territorial integrity” and “national sovereignty”, stresses Algeriepatriotique before commenting: “The objective is clear: to exhume the file of “Central Sahara” that Morocco “must recover”. Old claim of Hassan II who had tried, in 1963, in vain, to attach the Algerian southwest to Morocco by force. The Moroccans are pulling out of the drawer the dusty documents they intend to exhibit to justify an armed aggression against Algeria, now that they have joined forces with Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The deployment of spy planes along our western borders, revealed by many reliable sources, does not only aim to monitor movements in this area conducive to all traffic, but to observe the activities of Algerian armed forces stationed in the extreme west and south-west of the country, comments AlgeriePatriotique.
And the Algerian site does not believe so well to say: At the moment it is the pseudo Moroccan Israelis in the person of the military as Eizenkot are working to ensure that this war takes place for sure: The former Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot has decided not to run in the upcoming elections, reported Wednesday the media. Eizenkot, chief of staff of the army from 2015 to 2019, now works for a number of think-tanks”. These think-tanks know their mission. There is already talk of creating an efficient Israel-Morocco-US arms industry!
“Last November, the United States signed a ten-year military cooperation agreement with Morocco. With the re-establishment of “strategic” diplomatic relations with Israel and the “technology transfer” agreement that will be signed between Israel and Morocco, it is clear that a trio “magic axis”, Israel-USA-Morocco, will be built in the armaments sector, with U.S. funding,” wrote Morocco on November 7, adding:
“Morocco already hosts the military exercise African Lion, organized each year by the US AFRICOM, the American command for Africa. In addition, it is an excellent customer of the American arms industry, with orders for 2019-2020, Abrams tanks, 24 F-16 “Viper” combat aircraft and 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters! …Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita recently stressed that the relationship between Morocco and the United States has “been able to withstand the vicissitudes of time,” recalling that the two countries have “always been on the same side during the major events that marked the 20th century, While making the transition to the 21st century stronger than ever. Also, he continued, the partnership has been “able to adapt to the even greater and more pernicious threats posed by terrorism, violent extremism, cyber-crime, illegal trafficking of all kinds and separatism,” the newspaper said.
Separatism? the word sounds too false not to be an Israeli invention?
Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El-Othmani accused the national media in Algeria of conducting a poisoning campaign about the conflict in Western Sahara.
He told Parliament that “no country, except Algeria, has supported the Polisario Front. The Moroccan media and diplomatic apparatuses are opposed to the affront of this movement,” according to the news site Hespress.
After 30 years of immobility, the cease-fire has been broken in Western Sahara. At the end of the colonization of this territory by Spain, the conflict opposes since 1975 Morocco to the Polisario Front, a Sahrawi independence movement supported by Algeria. A dramatic situation marked by the failure of the United Nations to bring about a peace process on which the fate of tens of thousands of refugees depends.
Today, Western Sahara is a territory divided by a 2,700-kilometer wall built by Rabat in the 1980s, 80% controlled by Morocco on the Atlantic coast and a part controlled by the Sahrawi independentists with a buffer zone under the surveillance of Minurso, the UN peacekeeping operation, which was supposed to organize a referendum on self-determination as early as 1992, a mission that was never carried out.
Since Friday, November 13, the ceasefire that had been generally respected for 30 years has been broken. The Moroccan army conducted an operation in the buffer zone of the Guerguerat border post, in the far south, to restore road traffic cut off by the Sahrawi independence fighters. In reaction, the Polisario Front declared a state of war. The targeted road is the only one that leads to Mauritania, particularly for trade.
“More than 75 countries have supported the peace operations of the Moroccan peace forces and the reopening of the Guerguerat border post,” said Saad-Eddine El-Othmani.
The statements by the Moroccan Prime Minister comes at a time when a heated controversy has just been triggered in the country’s media around the map presented by Benjamin Netanyahu where the Sahara is not part of Moroccan territory. According to a dispatch from the Israeli electronic newspaper Arutz Sheva, a video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on social networks over the weekend caused an outcry in the Arab and Moroccan media.
Kan 11 News reported that in the video, Netanyahu was in front of a map on which the Western Sahara region was separated from Morocco, which claims sovereignty over the territory.
On Thursday, December 10, Donald Trump announced that Morocco had committed to normalizing relations with Israel and that the United States recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. This U.S. announcement also led to mixed reactions.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman for Arab media, Hassan Kaabia, said in an interview with a local network in Morocco that the card in Netanyahu’s video was a mistake that was not made intentionally.
“It is an old card that was used in the video. Let’s not forget that next to Netanyahu was the Moroccan flag that we are proud of. This will be corrected in the new cards that will appear,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, a Moroccan delegation was in Israel on Monday to lay the groundwork for the opening of a liaison office.
For all intents and purposes, the kingdom seems to have been fooled by the promise of a U.S. president who did not look like someone who is used to keeping his word, Israel’s main mission being to infiltrate the Moroccan army and ensure that an all-out war breaks out between the two neighbors, a war that could end in Western Sahara’s independence.
by Basit Abbasi – GN